Arr me hearties and all you landlubbers gather your young buccaneers and merfolk for a swashbuckling seaside adventure.
Just a stone's throw away from Canterbury are the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable; only 4 miles separate the two coastal towns so why not hop on your bike, take in some fresh sea air and begin exploring?
Those in search of traditional seaside magic will find it here in Herne Bay. Beautiful beaches and Victorian architecture combine to allow your children to create their own magical memories while you relive yours.
There is so much fun to be had on the beach, children will love collecting shells, building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. The beaches and wide promedades make Herne Bay ideal for a family day out at the seaside.
For those in search of traditional seaside magic, you will find it in Herne Bay. Two miles of splendid seafront offer seaside favourites in the shape of candyfloss, ice cream parlours, cafés, friendly pubs and fish and chip bars.
Once your pirates have exhausted themselves out on the beach there is no better time to commandeer the nearest fish and chip shop for a spot of lunch or enjoy your own pre packed lunch on one of the many benches scattered along the promenade.
Head towards Whitstable and drop anchor at Tankerton to enjoy spectacular views of the bay and at low tide the famous 'Street', before setting sail once more on your fun adventure to Whitstable.
Whitstable Harbour is the last stop on this fun-filled adventure, children will love learning more about the fully working harbour from one of the 11 new boards that form an information trail around the harbour, covering various topics including water sports, wind farms, wildlife, aggregates importing and whelk fishing.
It is a great opportunity to sample some of the scrumptious seafood there is on offer and you may even catch a glimpse of the many fishing boats that come and go during the day.
The cliff-top lawns of Tankerton Slopes, with their colourful beach huts, roll gently towards the sea and provide and excellent vantage point to watch the nautical world go by. Get views of the wartime forts and Southend.
This working harbour's activities include fishing, commercial shipping, restaurants, café, shellfish and fish sales, sailing barge trips, wind farm operations storage facilities and beach hut rental.
Whitstable Harbour lies on the North Kent coast at the mouth of the River Swale. It is a visible link that Whitstable has with its interesting history, which includes diving , ship owning, fishing and world-wide trade. The connection with the Canterbury and Whitstable railway - the Crab & Winkle Line - was the reason for the harbour's construction in 1831: to bring heavy materials, such as coal, from Newcastle to Canterbury.
Whitstable Harbour remains a working harbour. On the East Quay, there are Brett's aggregate importation and asphalt production for the construction industry in Kent. On the West Quay, there is fishing as well as wind farm maintenance operations. Fishing and related activities, such as the retailing of the catch, continues on the South Quay.
In addition, leisure and sporting activities have flourished with the sea scouts, yacht, angling, kite and wind surf activities all based on harbour land, along with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. Leisure has also developed, from a marine angle, with Greta barge tours and a gastronomic one with café, restaurant and market.
Tourists' attractions include The Oyster Festival, Harbour Open Day and the Harbour barge/boat race.
The harbour has 'Leading Lights Status'. It is managed in accordance with a Harbour Board, which is made up of Council Members, Council Officers and Independent Members.